Field Day

350 family members of the landscape industry attended ALCA Field Day on a beautiful Saturday, April 18th at the SRP PERA Club.

Sponsors hosted a variety of interactive and competitive individual and team events.  The individual events included a contest for launching a tennis ball with a slingshot tied to lawn mowers aimed at targets to score points.  This creative event was hosted by the Horizon crew.  Brandon Kelly and Eric Stammen with Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting sponsored the golf chipping contest and Nate Gould with Hunter Industries hosted the bean bag toss.  Beth Gosnell with All Season Wholesale Growers tested the knowledge of participants by identifying a selection of plants used in the landscapes.  Cristin Osterman and Hector Albarran with Stotz Equipment held a Bobcat skills challenge while Scot Kristen with Belgard Superlite Block ran a basketball free throw contest.  Marty Monroy and Terre Caraway with Cutting Edge Curbing set up a balloon pop competition and Stephen Kimball hosted a fast pitch contest.  Hosting the horse shoe competition was Valley Tree Feeders and the wheelbarrow contest was sponsored by Sunrise Nursery.  All could enjoy playing some volleyball which was sponsored by Ewing Irrigation.  Participants took home some fabulous prizes as they competed for first, second and third place.

This year, Toro Company/Irritrol/Unique lighting sponsored a salsa cook-off with some fierce hot competition.  The people voted and coming in first place was Dwight Faires with San Tan Landscape Management who took home the $100 prize.  Marty Monroy (well actually Brandi Monroy) came in a close, close second with one vote short.  To cool down the fire from the salsa, Evergreen Turf served snow cones and some popcorn on the side.

Thanks to Jim Mitchell with Rodeo Ford, children of all ages enjoyed jumping around in an inflatable bouncer and kids of all sizes gravitated to the most popular petting zoo where the animals received a lot of lovin’.  

And of course, Field Day closed with the ever popular tug ‘o war contest sponsored by Robert Logan and Joe Porrazzo with Rain Bird. 

A delicious gourmet picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs was served.  Many thanks go to the John Deere Team where Tim Foraker, Ed Juba and Ermes Palacios slaved over the open flames to cook the dogs and burgers to perfection. 

A big thank you to Bill Faires and Dwight Faires with San Tan Landscape Management for donating and delivering all of the bottled water, sodas and ice.  Insurance for the event was provided by the generosity of Steve Shields with Hill & Usher.

Thank you to all of the sponsors and a special thank you to Bob Franchetto with Horizon who has been the Committee Chairman for decades.  It is with his dedication that Field Day continues to provide an excellent opportunity for landscape contractors, members of the green industries, employees and their families to take a break from the everyday work grind and enjoy a memorable fun-filled day with fellow ALCA members.

This event was made possible by our Field Day Sponsors.  Please support the companies that support you!

All Season Wholesale Growers
Belgard Hardscapes
Cutting Edge Curbing
Evergreen Turf
Ewing Irrigation
Hill & Usher
Hunter/FX Luminaire
Irritrol/Toro Co/Unique Lighting
John Deere Landscapes
Rain Bird
Rodeo Ford
San Tan Landscape Management
Southwest Sod
Stotz Equipment
Sunrise Nursery
Valley Tree Feeders
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting